Thursday, November 6, 2014

Georgian PM Promises Stability Despite Coalition Defections

Georgia's prime minister declared on Thursday the defection of one of the six parties in the ruling coalition would not destabilize his government which, he said, would still command a majority in parliament. The Free Democrats' departure on Wednesday, after the foreign minister quit over what she deemed threats to Georgia's plans for Western integration, left the Georgian Dream coalition short of a parliamentary majority. But two Free Democrats stayed with the coalition and other independents might be relied on. Repeating his commitment to pro-Western policies after decades in Moscow's shadow, Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili said: "There is no threat of a crisis whatsoever."

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